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Frank Leone Aug 9, 2000 02:26 PM

I just returned from Vancouver(sob, sob!)and what a wonderful bunch of chowhounding I did. We tried going "Omakase" at Tojos. It was broken into four price points from $50-150 a person. We stuck with the lesser of the options. It was all excellent. His trademark diced Sashimi Tuna with scallions in a soy sauce. Then onto mixed greens with sashimi on top and some type of ginger dressing. Next up was a Miso soaked cod that was extremely delicious and rich. Finally the sushi rolls came(with no explanation) everything was quite good and they brought us some lame fruit plate for dessert because we declined the real dessert in lieu of bubble teas later. All in all I guess it was definately worth $50.00 canadian but I thinkn next time I'd rather choose my own sushi rolls.

Montri's was still excellent. My favorite Thai restaurant anywhere. The only drawback being a westernized waiter who didn't seem to know the menu well. I wish the restaurant didn't attract such a pompous wealthy suburban crowd though. I recommend the half chicken marinated in coconut milk and then roasted.

Sophies is still the best breakfast we know of even though it's become quite understaffed. Get the Kits breakfast(two plate sized pancakes, bacon, eggs, and a bit of fruit. All for like six bucks. The high fibre waffles are excellent as well.

We tried the Georgia St. Branch of Phnom Phen and it was better than the Broadway branch. Friendly service. Calamari in Garlic sauce was to die for. Rice salad rolls were great as were the sauteed vegetable with salted beans(I don't recall the name something about Tron, not the movie)

we've never been out for Tapas before but Bin 942 was excellent across the board! Muskox taco thing was amazing and the portions are so large we way overordered fearing tiny plates. The Mussels with Chorizo were great although the sausage was just mediocre(you can get them three other ways.)

Things ok but not worth seeking out(Alibi Room, Pink Pearl) Planet Veg seems to have slipped a bit.

Bubble Tea was excellent on Cambie Street(used to be Bubble World days ago but just broke away from the chain) Try the Taro and also the Honeydew slush. Don't go to the Internet cafe on Denman for Tea its slop. The Granville Spot cafe right before the Airport has excellent bubble tea too even Horlocks, Ovaltine(my favorite) and cereal flavors.

Also Earl's is the best chain food I've had. Much fresher than anything in the US (ala Applebees, Olive Garden...etc. Nice atmosphere on the Robson St. patio and a cute and friendly staff to boot.

Vancouver is such a great place I can't wait to go back.

-Frank

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